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The Publick House

The Publick House

Gastropub$$$$
Washington Square, Brookline
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  • Joseph W.
    "Publick House for the best Belgian beer bar"(9 Tips)
    Matthew M.
    "Amazing beer list and the mac and cheese is an absolut must have!!!"(29 Tips)
    Garrett L.
    "Everything is good but the Mac and cheese is out of this world!"(39 Tips)
    Lindsay
    "Mussels pot #5 is insanely delicious."(3 Tips)
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  • Boston.com
    Boston.comDecember 12, 2012
    The Publick House has a well-curated tap list that features rare pours.The mac and cheese is a standout, and traditional Belgian fare pairs well with Belgium’s slightly sweet, slightly spicy beers. Read more
  • Rue La La
    Rue La LaSeptember 5, 2012
    One of the best selections of Belgian beer (draft and bottled) in the area. Get there early on weekends - it fills up fast, and food stops by 11PM. Our favorite brew? Delirium Tremens on tap.
  • Alex L.
    Alex L.January 6, 2013
    The Belgian beers were great, the tripels and great american ales were delicious.Tasted the grilled chicken sandwich and crab cake and they were both awesome. You have to eat and drink here.
  • HubScout
    HubScoutJanuary 23, 2012
    The Moules Frites steamed mussels is better than anything you'd find at 4-star restaurant. I got the version w/ house-made fish stock - a perfect snack after an evening of craft beer sampling.
  • BU Today
    BU TodaySeptember 6, 2012
    This bar and restaurant offers nearly 200 different types of beer and ale, many of them of Belgian and German origin and as hearty as the food they are served with. Just don't ask for a pitcher. Read more
  • Untappd
    UntappdAugust 20, 2011
    A fine selection of Belgian beers on draft. Great food and they serve all the beers in the proper glass. Check out ThePublick House Provisions to stock up on take out beer and glassware.
  • Brittany O.
    Brittany OakesOctober 19, 2014
    The sriracha wings w gorgonzola dressing are a must! The veggie burger was unique, and the Brendoni sandwich was phenom! Try the gose beer if your into salty foods
  • Kailey K.
    Kailey KramerAugust 31, 2012
    Skip the matchstick frites and ask for a bag of the steak fries and pick your sauces. Truffle ketchup, beer mustard and la choice mayo suggested. 3$ for the side of fries, such a hearty portion
  • Al S.
    Al SNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The best thing about The Publick House is its extensive selection of rare (at least in the U.S.) Belgian beers, but the Monk Fries in a paper cone are a close second. Eat some with truffle ketchup.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CostelloFebruary 16, 2014
    Wonderful atmosphere! Great spot for a one of a kind Belgium beer and hand cut fries-make sure you order them with the bacon horseradish aioli.
  • Erica A.
    Erica AyotteAugust 17, 2011
    If you like fancy beer (or cider) this is the place for you. Also plenty of great eats. Have to get the moules frites, also the cheese and charcuterie platters are well done.
  • The Ad Club
    The Ad ClubJanuary 29, 2011
    Food is Amazing, beer list is endless. One of the best bars in the city. Bill can add up quick, so if you're just interested in drinks try their sister bar American Craft down the street.
  • Avradeep C.
    Avradeep ChakrabartiSeptember 2, 2013
    The appetiser moules frites is more than enough for one! 25 moules in a pot. (50 for main course!). Pot 4 was delicious. Pot 2 was a bit salty for me.
  • Di J.
    Di JiangAugust 16, 2013
    Mussels, Mac & cheese (fried egg, andouille sausage, caramelized onions, hotdog bites), and veal meatballs. Best comfort food to go with Belgian blond
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 17, 2010
    The Publick House is home to The Monk’s Cell. In the door and up the ramp to you left is our exclusively Belgian Beer department, where all of the drafts are reserved for beers from Belgium.
  • Didi F.
    Didi FalcoMay 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer bar with lots of beer on tap and bottle beer, excellent selection of imported beer from all over the world.
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WheelerDecember 5, 2016
    Fantastic veggie burger! So many toppings, but the apricot IPA BBQ and some pickles jalapeños will make your heart scream yum!
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzOctober 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Hungry? They have some amazing (and customizable) Mac and Cheese! It's delicious! Try it with peas and bacon.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PaulDecember 31, 2016
    The waterzooi aux poissons is fantastic if you're looking for something hearty and delicious on a cold winter evening.
  • Dan S.
    Dan SaksaJune 7, 2015
    If you're a serious Mac and cheese connoisseur like myself, you should definitely eat the Mac and cheese. Add lobster for an additional deliciousness boost.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithNovember 16, 2013
    This place is pretty great because there isn't a bad food or beer to order on their menu. Go outside your comfort zone and be pleasantly surprised.
  • Edward K.
    Edward KimFebruary 3, 2012
    Mac and Cheese is their quintessential classic. Extra good with scallops. Highly recommend the Delirium Nocturnum if you want a good Belgian
  • Maya D.
    Maya DFebruary 2, 2013
    Tried the lambic beer - check! Boon Kriek is delicious not to mention classy looking.
  • Lindsay
    LindsayMay 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Mussels pot #5 is insanely delicious. Order a mac and cheese for the table to share. Wash it down with an Allagash White or one of the other awesome selections from the rotating draft list.
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosDecember 29, 2014
    Amazing beer list and Mac and cheese. Waiter was quirky and hilarious.
  • Nicholas W.
    Nicholas WrightNovember 12, 2014
    Try the PEI mussels simmered in delicious boozes, incredible burgers, or awesome list of rare beers.
  • Caleb H.
    Caleb HutchingsNovember 7, 2011
    The beer haven for Washington Square and Boston alike. Mac & Cheese is famous. Truffle fries always hit the spot. If you like Coors, stay home.
  • Joanna H.
    Joanna HuangJanuary 29, 2013
    If you love coffee or the taste of coffee, you must order the Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter. You'll love it!
  • Sara F.
    Sara FlemingApril 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    HUGE beer menu! I think you could come here every day for six months and not try every beer. Try the Belgians.
  • Rich K.
    Rich KearneyAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The best mac and cheese I have ever eaten and I have eaten a lot of mac and cheese.
  • Leah V.
    Leah VanWhyApril 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The best restaurant made mac-n-cheese you will ever have, never a dull beer moment. Go early weeknights. The weekend crowd causes an unfortunate wait and not much room to order while-you-wait drinks.
  • Angie P.
    Angie PolancoFebruary 1, 2010
    Had a regular burger with fries and it was delish. The mac and cheese is pretty awesome too. Kind of crowded usually but the beer selection is great enough to keep you entertained as you wait. Read more
  • Gretchen
    GretchenJuly 4, 2017
    Great selection of craft beers; enjoy one at the bar while you inevitably wait for a table.
  • Shawn
    ShawnAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Beers! So many beers! And if you're hungry check out the Brendoni sandwich-- to die for!
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanMay 11, 2015
    Incredible beer selection; lots of expensive European beers, but the local imitators are often just as good.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KMay 8, 2016
    Food is delicious at any time. Live music and drinks on the weekends too.
  • Marcus L.
    Marcus LSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Monk's Frites are great. Beer selection is excellent. Veggie Burger is good too, but get toppings (avocado, cheese, grilled onions) or it's super plain.
  • Micah B.
    Micah BrownJune 27, 2012
    Great staff, great music, great craft beers, get the mussels, fish n chips, and mac n cheese
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea S.September 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great beer selection, always very crowded. Stand near the bar, space turns over pretty often. Frites are the best in the world.
  • dancingqueen f.
    Another bar-food replaced FIVE(used2B cool dance music scene)-eh=ambiance nor food choices... good dance music=better than another typical dc watering hole, exit right down M to 19 2the Sweet Spot
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan P.September 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    McChouffe is almost always on tap and is always delightful. Frites with chipotle mayo are a must.
  • Bryce C.
    Bryce CouncilDecember 8, 2014
    The Sriracha-Buffalo wings are insanely good. You have to try them!
  • thoughtbot
    thoughtbotAugust 31, 2013
    Take the "C" Green Line from downtown out to leafy Brookline. Great place to warm up in the winter.
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CrowleyJuly 5, 2016
    Huge selection of European beers. You will not go hungry or thirsty here.
  • Toni P.
    Toni PAugust 1, 2013
    Dare I say the best burger in the Boston area? I can't even drink beer and I love this place.
  • Fitz M.
    Fitz MaroMay 27, 2011
    Grab the mac & cheese- you and your date will orgasm accordingly. Also good, their mens bathroom graffiti
  • BostonTweet
    BostonTweetJanuary 27, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    If you like Guinness then try the O'Hara's on draft! Same type of Irish Stout but with 100x more flavor than Guinness - and Guinness is/was my favorite beer.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ConnorsAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't use your card here. They pre authorize it for more than the check amount. Other than that great beer selection and food!
  • Sara D.
    Sara DeeBsApril 21, 2013
    The Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout is a big one.... Mmm delicious!
  • Krystle U.
    Krystle UnpingcoJanuary 19, 2014
    Order the Moules Frites: Pot 4. You won't be disappointed!
  • Nicholas W.
    Nicholas WrightNovember 7, 2014
    Incredible rare beers, incredible burgers and mac & cheese
  • John M.
    John MNovember 15, 2014
    Wide beer selection. Good food. Little pricey for college students.
  • Sandy C.
    Sandy CohenSeptember 29, 2011
    Appetizer size mussels are a great value! And Pot 2 was pretty darn tasty.
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanAugust 6, 2012
    Must do if you love your beer. Fabulous selection of beer!
  • Otto T.
    Otto TheBierDudeSeptember 17, 2015
    Lots of craft beers choice great staff, fab food, Great Wall art
  • Avradeep C.
    Avradeep ChakrabartiSeptember 4, 2013
    The mac n cheese with roast garlic and sausage was amazing!
  • Mayuri P.
    Mayuri PrasadOctober 27, 2013
    If you like a sweet cider try J.K.'s scrumpy hard cider! It was great!
  • Zack S.
    Zack ShedlockJune 14, 2013
    In my opinion, one of the two best beer bars in the Boston area
  • BostonTweet
    BostonTweetDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    If you like Guinness then try an O'Hara's at the Publick House. Look at the picture. How amazing do those triplets look?!
  • Erica A.
    Erica AyotteDecember 31, 2010
    cider lovers: try the dupont French cidre. Imported cider is a much more dry than commercial American brands.
  • Andy C.
    Andy CarvinSeptember 21, 2013
    My grandfather used to own this place in the late 40s and early 50s. Unfortunately I can't translate that into free beer here.
  • Chris D
    Chris DMarch 30, 2013
    Add some jalapeños with your mussel pot for some great spice (and not super hot)
  • Ryan F.
    Ryan FredetteAugust 6, 2017
    Great place for drinks and my friends love the mussels here.
  • Eric J.
    Eric JohnsonJanuary 1, 2017
    Watch out for when they poor your $15 beer that's supposed to be 11oz in a 8.5 oz glass. Called the waiter out on this and the bartender, waiter, and owner treated me like I was shit.
  • Shane M.
    Shane MartinSeptember 25, 2016
    Lots of Belgian beers here. Bar staff is excellent
  • Travis B.
    Travis BloomApril 22, 2015
    Mac and cheese...you gotta get it
  • Garrett L.
    Garrett LandAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good but the Mac and cheese is out of this world!
  • Joseph W.
    Joseph WalterOctober 24, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the Publick House for the best Belgian beer bar in Boston, by far. Enjoy a beer with the frites, a cheese plate, or the mac & cheese.
  • Jon G.
    Jon GDecember 29, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the mussels...Pot 2...you won't be disappointed!
  • Cressida F.
    Cressida FayeDecember 1, 2011
    Best burger and best fries EVER!!! And the beer list rocks!
  • James R.
    James RussellApril 29, 2010
    Go to Publick House and pick from the Outstanding beer menu. The Mac and Cheese with Andouille Sausage and Spinach was fantastic.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McMorrowOctober 24, 2014
    Mac and cheese is served in iron skillets! Pretty cool.
  • Wagner M.
    Wagner MoyaOctober 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    the best Mac n cheese in town. you can,t go wrong with O'hara on draft
  • Javier L.
    Javier LlamasSeptember 17, 2013
    best selection of beers. food is good too.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SigelAugust 8, 2014
    Extensive beer menu and good bar food
  • Ashley E.
    The beer list and board games
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MillerDecember 15, 2011
    Amazing beer list and the mac and cheese is an absolut must have!!!
  • Zack O.
    Zack OsheroffOctober 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Might be the best burger I've ever had. Get it with blue cheese, and medium rare
  • Chris C.
    Chris CummingsFebruary 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Must get the Mac 'n' Cheese. It's like nothing you've ever had before.
  • Sean F.
    Sean FitzroyJuly 13, 2009
    Get the bucket of mussels #1 (basic) and #4 (corn and bacon) are awesome, #3 (garlic bread crumbs + cheese + spinach) is a little too flyover state.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MillerMarch 14, 2013
    GREAT beer list, decent pub food. not so friendly wait staff.
  • Annie S.
    Annie ShrefflerNovember 12, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the cheese, beer & the frites. You can't go wrong here, but don't expect to sit down on the weekends!
  • Marcela
    MarcelaJanuary 13, 2013
    Try the Mac and Cheese - + truffle oil!
  • Ken M.
    Ken MaddefordAugust 28, 2010
    Hands down best beer joint in town! Grab some fries with garlic dip too!!
  • Thaniya A.
    Thaniya AmaralilitMay 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Let just say, I can't never order anything else other than Mac & Cheese. Who could resist 5 magical cheeses blend!!!! It's bloody delicious.
  • John C.
    John CoatesNovember 25, 2017
    Lots of trillium and solid pub food
  • Kember
    KemberMay 11, 2016
    great atmosphere and awesome beer selection!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HoweSeptember 19, 2011
    Any kind of Mac & Cheese here is delectable.
  • Joanna B.
    Joanna BMay 2, 2011
    If you like light beer, I recommend La Chouffe!
  • Jimmy C.
    Jimmy ConnerJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the mac and cheese. Best you'll ever have.
  • schneidermike s.
    One thing they are known for is Belgian and Belgian style.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FisherJune 14, 2013
    Awesome beer selection and great fish and chips.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BonadiesMarch 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Order a Trillium!
  • Dennis P.
    Dennis PalmerSeptember 22, 2013
    Try the veggie burger. It's the best I've ever had!
  • Joey T.
    Joey ThomasOctober 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    A truly inspired craft beer list with delicious food and comfortable decor. An instant favorite.
  • Rinaldo D.
    Rinaldo DormanOctober 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beers, mostly Belgian style.
  • Alex
    AlexAugust 24, 2014
    They DO NOT accept vertical IDs, regardless if they're valid or not. Went across the street to the Abbey and got a drink no problem.
  • Cailin
    CailinNovember 18, 2015
    The best beer selection in the land.
  • EastCoast S.
    EastCoast SteffieDecember 4, 2011
    Amazing beer selection and OMFG Mac and cheese!
  • Steve S.
    Steve StromNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the mac & cheese. Seriously great.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WheatonJuly 9, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    No shots. No pitchers. Just the way I like it.
  • Allison F.
    Allison F.March 2, 2013
    Amazing beer selection. Delish food
  • Rob S.
    Rob SheppardJuly 25, 2010
    The Lost Sailor Nitro IPA is exceptional. Perfect for a hot summer evening.
  • sheri k.
    sheri kApril 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They do not eff around with the fish and chips here. Very impressed!
  • Caroline L.
    Caroline LearyAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Friendly reminder :)
  • Liz M.
    Liz MooreJuly 10, 2017
    The burger was amazing!
  • Nathalie A.
    Nathalie AssensApril 21, 2015
    Mussels are great
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony Abu-HannaApril 10, 2013
    AMAZING beer selection.
  • David H.
    David HaberJanuary 21, 2012
    Warm up with a beer and a half order of Mac and cheese.
  • Alan H.
    Alan HwangJanuary 13, 2013
    Fries so good with the dips
  • Brian T.
    Brian TranFebruary 17, 2013
    Ommegang Art of Darkness, best beer ever!
  • Lance P.
    Lance PerryMay 28, 2012
    What is the best light beer for Publik House.
  • Phillip G.
    Phillip GillJuly 12, 2011
    Just come here, the beer selection is amazing!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SmithAugust 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the pubini! Yum!
  • Andy C.
    Andy CrumrineNovember 6, 2016
    Fish and chips are great!
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon ConnollySeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Easily the beast veggie burger in Boston.
  • Jace C.
    Jace ColeOctober 5, 2013
    Stick to the amazing beers and Mac and Cheese. The Burger Sucks Donkey Balls .., bland as shit.
  • Steve S.
    Steve StromOctober 7, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The mac & cheese is an absolute winner!
  • Paul B.
    Paul BenedictFebruary 4, 2017
    Service is awful. Hostess was a total jerk and wouldn't seat us even though there were at least 7 tables open. Had to walk out.
  • Nicholas W.
    Nicholas WrightNovember 26, 2014
    Do it all, kid, this place is da bawm.
  • Off The Quad
    Off The QuadApril 5, 2011
    Chimay on tap. Get some and thank us later.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WardellJanuary 5, 2011
    Most flavorful steak I've had in years
  • John M.
    John MMarch 4, 2010
    Go down the beer list. Drink special beers. Do not pass go. Do not pick up $200. Repeat as necessary.
  • Jeff
    JeffMay 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Kitchen closes @ 11pm.
  • Beth
    BethOctober 19, 2009
    go to publick house in washington square and eat their AWESOME mac and cheese. yum. : )
  • kiran k.
    kiran kOctober 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    serving brunch as of today!
  • Kim H.
    Kim HeckmanNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get JKs Solstice it's phenomenal
  • Amy T.
    Amy TDecember 30, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    get the lobster mac & cheese...worth every cent of the $20 price tag! Read more
  • Eric C.
    Eric ChowJuly 14, 2010
    Grab a Tripel Karmeliet (8.4%abv) and order the bag of fries. Read more
  • steve h.
    steve hdJune 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Have gluten free woo hoo
  • Adam D.
    Adam DruckerJuly 6, 2013
    Larry IPA...get it
  • Nail A.
    Nail AvundukSeptember 4, 2014
    The bouncer didn't let us in because of our foreign IDs. I'm not gonna carry my passport around just to get into bars when I'm 28 years old. Sorry.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJuly 17, 2012
    monk frites
  • Alison Z.
    Alison ZarrellaJune 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    2 words: Truffle. Ketchup.
  • Adeline J.
    Adeline JessicaJuly 17, 2011
    There's a baby here. Not sure I undertand why.
  • Rebecca A.
    Rebecca AJuly 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Monks Frites!!
  • Adam
    AdamJanuary 29, 2010
    Always has a good beer selection
  • Tom
    TomDecember 23, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Ditto the mac and cheese. They must put crack in it.
  • John A.
    John ArroyoJune 6, 2011
    Fish and chips.
  • Ash E.
    Ash EdmondsMay 22, 2010
    Hey did you hear about the belgian beers and mac and cheese?
  • Eric L.
    Eric LeistJuly 10, 2011
    What BostonTweet said.
  • heather m.
    heather macLeishJune 12, 2010
    Delicious tuna melt!
  • Carmen
    CarmenOctober 19, 2009
    The O'Hara stout is awesome.
  • Christina A.
    Christina AhnDecember 15, 2009
    cool vibe good beers
  • Colin W.
    Colin WilsonMarch 20, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    go here have AMAZING Belgian beer
  • Kim K.
    Kim KaufmannAugust 1, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Mac & cheese on a rainy day.
  • sheri k.
    sheri kJuly 26, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Mac & Cheese, baby!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BonadiesApril 3, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    MAC AND CHEESE
  • Rithvik N.
    Rithvik NarayananJune 12, 2015
    Beer! Beer! Beer!
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